Total fined for failing to comply with US refinery settlement

20 September 2013 23:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemical was ordered to pay an $8.75m (€6.48m) fine for failing to comply with the terms of a 2007 settlement over violations to the Clean Air Act at its Port Arthur refinery in Texas, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Friday.

The 2007 settlement required that Total pay a $2.9m penalty and make upgrades to its facility to reduce emissions of harmful air pollution to resolve Clean Air Act violations, the DOJ said. 

It also required the company to upgrade leak detection and repair practices and implement programmes to minimise flaring, the DOJ said.

Between 2007 and 2011, Total violated numerous requirements of the 2007 settlement, including failing to comply with emissions limits for benzene and other air pollutants, the DOJ said. 

The company also failed to perform corrective actions or to analyse the cause of over 70 incidents involving emissions of hazardous gases through flaring. The EPA discovered the violations through a review of the quarterly compliance reports required by the 2007 settlement.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Bobbie Clark
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